Looking back at Rutger Hauer

Rutger Oelsen Hauer (1944-) is a Dutch stage, television and film actor.
To his credit are several interesting films such-as the 1985 fantasy movie:  “Ladyhawke” with Michelle Pffeifer (the type of movie you remember from your childhood days) and most importantly, “Blade Runner” (1982), by Ridley Scott, the role that made him famous. Also, I am very curious about his work on “The Legend of the Holy Drinker” (1988) by Ermanno Olmi but haven’t seen it yet.

Most recently, Hauer starred as famous painter Pieter Bruegel in “The Mill & The Cross” (2011), directed by Lech Majewski, a film completely created out of several recreations of Bruegel’s most famous works. It’s spectacular to watch on the big screen, as an aesthetic experience in its own right, one that is also narration-free. The use of animation is impressive as a way to bring life into an inanimate painting, one with endless details and stories to tell. The film that indeed blurrs the line between the moving image and the still one. Hauer does it beautifully, close-ups to his face reveal his age but in a way seem to flatter him…

I have to admit that I’m surprised that there are almost no photoshoots paying tribute to his face. I did, however, uncover this little recent gem, shot by John Midgley in 2011 and published around the time of the film’s release.

I am not the author of this image. All rights go to the artist.



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Hanin aka Kinofrau: 27 and counting, Ph.D in Film Theory & Art History in progress, from the Middle-(B)east, a specter that haunts Europe, equal-opportunity offender.

2 thoughts on “Looking back at Rutger Hauer”

  1. I personally like Blind Fury, it really does remind me of my childhood. I watched it again a couple of weeks ago. Good action movie, great actor.


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